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26 April 2022, 11:27

CIS heads of government to discuss counter-sanctions on 20 May

Leonid Anfimov
Leonid Anfimov

MINSK, 26 April (BelTA) - The CIS Heads of Government Council will meet on 20 May to discuss ways to deepen economic cooperation between the CIS countries to counteract the sanctions policy of the third countries and their associations, First Deputy Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee - CIS Executive Secretary Leonid Anfimov told the media on 26 April, BelTA has learned.

“The main issue on the agenda will, of course, be the issue introduced by the Russian side to consider ways of deepening economic cooperation between the CIS countries to counteract the sanctions policy of third countries and their associations. A working group under the CIS Economic Council has been set up to monitor the situation related to all the unfriendly actions of third countries,” said Leonid Anfimov.

In his words, the transition to national currencies in the CIS mutual trade is important in order to resist the sanctions pressure. The first steps in this direction have already been made: since 2013 the share of settlements in national currencies in trade relations of the EAEU countries has increased from 63% to 74%.

“This practice of using national currencies in as many payments as possible should be transferred to trade relations between the CIS countries. At present the share of national currencies in the settlements between the CIS countries is only 64%. I think that after the monitoring group provides the results of its work, this issue is likely to be considered during the meeting of the heads of government. The issue of economic cooperation always present on the agenda of the CIS Heads of Government Council meetings,” said Leonid Anfimov.

In addition, the upcoming meeting of the CIS Heads of Government Council will take stock of the progress made in the implementation of priority actions plan of the Information Security Strategy through 2030, consider the concept of viticulture and winemaking in the CIS countries, and also organizational and personnel issues.

The meeting of the CIS Heads of Government Council is expected to be held via videoconference.

The CIS Plenipotentiaries Council is holding a meeting in the CIS Executive Committee in Minsk on 26 April. The CIS plenipotentiaries are to discuss four issues, including the preparations for the next meetings of the CIS Foreign Ministers Council and the CIS Heads of Government Council.

The CIS plenipotentiaries are also to discuss the results of activities dedicated to mark the CIS Year of Architecture and Urban Planning. In 2021 a number of large-scale events in architecture and urban planning were held in the CIS member states. These included themed conferences, festivals, contests, master classes, exhibitions, lectures and seminars, which became platforms for the development of a coordinated policy on further fruitful cooperation of the CIS in architecture and urban planning, a place for sharing best practices and know-how.

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